Diabetes – A Global Health Burden on the Rise

The following article is from MedScape.org  http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/868005

Diabetes, which is a global public health burden that has affected 8.3% of the world’s population in 2013, may increase in prevalence during the next 2 decades. Diabetes is a common cause of reduced life expectancy, with estimates suggesting that a 50-year-old person with diabetes will live 6 years less than will a similar person without diabetes. Some cohort studies have shown that people with diabetes have twice to 4-fold the cardiovascular risk as in the general population, as well as an increased risk for cancer.
Diabetes is associated with a significantly increased risk for premature death not only due to cardiovascular complications but also from cancer and other serious diseases, the results of a large Spanish study reveal.

In a pooled analysis of more than 55,000 individuals, the team found that diabetes patients had an increased risk for premature death from liver, colorectal, and lung cancer, as well as liver and kidney disease, in addition to the more well-known cardiovascular complications, such as myocardial infarction and stroke.

The study was published online by  Diabetes Care


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